Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection
 

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Creator

Unknown

Date Created

1868-1873

Subject

Costume; Clothing; Underwear; Underwear and accessories for shaping and supporting; Crinolines; Cage crinolines

Medium

Cotton, steel

Description

1868-1873. Cage crinoline with integral bustle.

Five cotton tapes hold thread-covered wire in place to create the supportive shape of this cage crinoline, which has a wire-free area at the top front. Eight wire semicircles run from hip to hip around the back at the top, with the top four wires paired at the ends to create two rows of two wires each in a bustle configuration with all the fullness in back. Below this, a spiral of wire wraps around the legs in a widening cone to the hem for a mostly slim conical shape, with more density at the bottom. A cotton tape waistband closes with a two-pronged buckle. Machine-made.

Extent

Hem: 147.3 cm / 58 in.
Length (straight down center): 76.2 cm / 30 in.

Museum Number

479

Publisher

University of New Hampshire Library

Contributor

Astrida Schaeffer, photographer/curator

Date Digitized

4-24-2019

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

Comments

The Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection digital catalog was produced by the UNH Library Digital Collection Initiative, supported in part by a grant from the Mooseplate program and New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. Additional funding provided by the E. Ruth Buxton Stephenson Memorial Fund.
Photography copyright, Astrida Schaeffer.

Keywords

Hoops, Cage crinolines, 1868-1873, Bustle, Cotton tape, Thread-covered wire, Waistband, Buckle, Machine-made

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